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Rookies At Meadows; Sears Wins Five

Published: July 2, 2009 12:39 am ET

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Although Dancinwiththestarz set a national season’s record in her division of a $286,088 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies Wednesday at The Meadows, she had to share the spotlight with her driver, Brian Sears, who captured five of the stake’s eight splits.

In the stake, known as the Sand Tart, Sears also scored with Fancy Filly, Harley Girl, Panopsis and Moment of Truth. Brett Miller drove a pair of divisional winners, Sammys Magic Girl and Farouche Hanover, while Dave Palone triumphed with Native Doll. George Teague, Jr. enjoyed a Sand Tart training double with Fancy Filly and Moment of Truth.

Dancinwiththestarz, who handily won her pari-mutuel debut at the Meadowlands, went right to the front as part of Sears’ strategy.

“She’s kind of funny about her mouth,” Sears said. “When she got the bit set in her mouth, I just kind of let her pace out of there. It really didn’t feel like we were going 27 — she surprised me there — but she gets over the ground pretty good.”

Her time of 1:55 was the fastest this year by a freshman pacing filly on a five-eighths mile track, although well off Ginger And Fred’s 1:53.2 stake record. Smoke Pan Mirrors was second and Marymaryfra finished third. John Stark, Jr. trains Dancinwiththestarz, a daughter of Four Starzzz Shark - So Western, for W Springtime Racing Stable and Shannon Brott.

Fancy Filly, a daughter of Western Hanover - Fanciful Hanover, moved to the lead before the quarter pole and drew off to win by more than four lengths over Bordeaux Nourrir while Livininfastforward finished well back in third. Sears not only drove Fancy Filly in a pair of non-wagering two-year-old events, but he also worked her several times at Teague’s farm.

“She’s very mature. She’s all racehorse already,” Sears said. “She has the talent to go along with the mind. She has the whole package, really.”

Sammys Magic Girl was in tight quarters out of the gate and again when she slipped off the pylons to launch a backside move. She handled both situations with aplomb, going on to win in 1:55.2, two lengths better than Mano Cornuto. Isthmus of Panama was third.

“Past the half when a filly made a break, there were some tight quarters,” Miller said. “Once that filly moved out of the way, everything was clear. She felt like a million dollars finishing. I could see her going on in the future.”

Bill Popfinger trains the daughter of Western Hanover - LTs Magic and owns with George Muzea.

(The Meadows)

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